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Making better business decisions with analytics and business rules
This article provides an overview of how predictive analytics and business rules can be used together for better business outcomes. A banking example illustrates how IBM decision management products might be used for smarter business processes.
Articles 09 Jul 2014
Implementing a custom logging mechanism for web service calls in IBM Business Process Manager Advanced V8.0
This article shows how to implement a custom logging mechanism for IBM Business Process Manager Advanced Edition V8.0. It describes how the logging mechanism can store all the interactions of the BPM application with the external web services in a database and how to access them via a user interface.
Articles 09 Jul 2014
Using Hosted Transparent Decision Service Interface (HTDS) in IBM Operational Decision Manager
IBM Operational Decision Manager (ODM), IBM's business rule management system (BRMS) product, offers an easy way to expose rulesets as web services through Hosted Transparent Decision Services (HTDS). This article briefly introduces HTDS and discusses the approaches to building an HTDS client and using the RESTful interface that is new to IBM ODM V8.5. The primary focus of the article is potential issues and pitfalls in using HTDS, mostly related to controlling its service interface, and some practical, hands-on approaches to resolve these issues.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 01 Jul 2014
Purging data in IBM Business Process Manager
IBM Business Process Manager is a stateful product that accumulates data over time. As with any stateful product, it's essential to its ongoing health to have a strategy for purging some of that state occasionally. This article explores the areas of IBM BPM where data is collected and the methods that exist today to purge that data.
Also available in: Chinese   Russian  
Articles 01 Jul 2014
Configuring IBM Business Process Manager Advanced Edition V8.5, Part 1: Overview and setting up a Process Center single cluster topology
This three-part article series describes the installation and configuration steps to establish a typical IBM Business Process Manager V8.5 clustered environment for the Advanced Edition of the product. The first article of this series focuses on the recommended topology for non-production deployments that is referred to as the "single cluster” topology.
Articles 30 Jun 2014
Creating a standalone Process Center profile in IBM Business Process Manager V8.5
A standalone Process Center profile is useful for situations where memory and disk space are limited. Rather than install the Process Center as a network deployment environment with at least three profiles running, plus an additional profile to support the unit test environment server, this article describes how a single profile can provide both a Process Center server and a unit test environment server.
Articles 30 Jun 2014
Using the BPMConfig utility to build and manage deployment environments in IBM Business Process Manager V8.5.0.1
This article describes how the BPMConfig command-line utility, introduced in IBM Business Process Manager V8.5, can simplify and streamline configuration tasks. It demonstrates how BPMConfig can generate BPM profiles, database scripts, and tables to create, validate, and manage entire deployment environments.
Articles 30 Jun 2014
Migrating Oracle WebLogic Integration applications to IBM Business Process Manager Advanced, Part 4: Using BPEL
Part 1 of this article series described the tools and techniques that have been successfully used to migrate WebLogic Integration business processes and associated artifacts to IBM Business Process Manager Advanced Edition. Part 2 described how to migrate the common data formats and APIs that are used to write business logic in an Oracle WLI business process. Part 3 described the options available to migrate WLI controls to run on IBM BPM. Part 4 (this article) describes modifications required to the imported WLI process, and the assembly, deployment, and testing of the migrated WLI business process.
Articles 30 Jun 2014
Expanding the IBM Business Process Manager V8.5 topology by using multiple deployment environments
As your business requirement grows, you may want to expand the topology of IBM® Business Process Manager to run different processes independently. This article introduces how to expand the IBM BPM V8.5 topology using multiple deployment environments.
Articles 30 Jun 2014
Migrating IBM Business Monitor from V6.2.0.3 to V8.0.1.0
IBM Business Monitor has a new version that is released every year. This article introduces version-to-version remote migration for Business Monitor. This migration refers to the movement of profiles, applications, and data associated with an earlier version of WebSphere Business Monitor or IBM Business Monitor to a newly installed version of Business Monitor.
Articles 30 Jun 2014
Setting up a business activity monitoring infrastructure using IBM Business Monitor V8.0.1.1 with IBM Business Process Manager V8.5
One of the key tenets of business process implementation and re-engineering engagements is the ability to measure key metrics and quickly create actionable items based on them. If you use IBM BPM, you tend to use IBM Business Monitor to monitor business performance and to view and act on the metrics on your dashboards. This article guides you on how to set up Business Monitor V8.0.1.1 to work with IBM BPM V8.5. It demonstrates the complete setup across multiple cells and shows how to set up your testing and production environments.
Articles 30 Jun 2014
Configuring IBM Business Process Manager Advanced Edition V8.5, Part 3: Setting up a three-cluster topology
This three-part article series describes the installation and configuration steps that are necessary to establish a typical IBM Business Process Manager V8.5 clustered environment for the Advanced Edition of the product. The third article of this series focuses on the recommended topology - a three-cluster topology - for production environments.
Articles 30 Jun 2014
Configuring IBM Business Process Manager Advanced Edition V8.5, Part 2: Setting up a Process Server single cluster topology
This three-part article series describes the installation and configuration steps that are necessary to establish a typical IBM Business Process Manager V8.5 clustered environment for the Advanced Edition of the product. In the first part, a Process Center environment was created. Part 2 focuses on the setup of a single cluster topology that is widely used in development and test environments.
Articles 30 Jun 2014
Archiving and recovery solutions for IBM Business Process Manager using InfoSphere Optim
Using simplified examples, this article shows how you can use IBM InfoSphere Optim to control data growth and, at the same time, maintain data privacy with IBM BPM.
Articles 30 Apr 2014
Using coaches to localize and internationalize your application in IBM Business Process Manager
This article provides an approach to create dynamically localized coaches in IBM Business Process Manager V8.0.1 and 8.5. It provides instructions to internationalize your application.
Articles 16 Apr 2014
Overview of IBM Business Process Manager hybrid configurations on System z
This article describes a hybrid approach to configure an IBM Business Process Manager setup on System z. This hybrid approach ensures that applications can make optimum use of the available hardware and software resources.
Articles 09 Apr 2014
The placement of BPM runtime components in an SOA
The various runtime components within a business process management (BPM) solution have a subtle relationship with the SOA reference architecture. This article looks at how these components relate to the SOA layers in practice.
Articles 04 Apr 2014
Using IBM Operational Decision Manager DVS simulation features for risk scoring analysis use cases
This article presents how to extend IBM Operational Decision Manager Decision Validation Service features to produce a KPI-based simulation on large datasets so that risk scoring analysis can be conducted by business users. The design and implementation considerations presented in this article are mainly based on IBM ODM V8.5, but they can apply to older product versions such as WebSphere ILOG JRules V7.5 and V8.
Articles 02 Apr 2014
Best practices for designing and implementing decision services, Part 3: Integrating IBM Business Process Manager and IBM Operational Decision Manager RESTful protocol
Decision service is quite a buzz term, you even see product features with such a name. As a solution architect or developer, you may have seen the need to go outside of pure product play, and think about designing and implementing such services so they can be easily maintained and consumed. This article addresses design and implementation best practices for a decision service using IBM Business Processs Manager V7.5 Advanced Edition and WebSphere Operational Decision Server. The article presents key points to consider during the design of a rule-based decision service, so that it follows best practices and fits properly in a large IT architecture.
Articles 02 Apr 2014
Smarter healthcare: Integrating mobile technologies and decision management
Integrating disparate systems to provide timely information at the point of care is a critical aspect of improving patient care in today's healthcare environment. Using the right combination of technologies for integration, mobile applications, and operational intelligence can unlock the potential held within the voluminous information that flows between systems today, ultimately improving quality of care and even patient outcomes. This article shows how the combination of IBM Integration Bus, IBM Operational Decision Manager, and mobile applications built with IBM Worklight can work together to achieve these goals.
Articles 02 Apr 2014
A flexible and scalable WebSphere MQ topology pattern: Part 3: Workload-balanced WebSphere MQ client connections for SCA applications
Part 3 of this article series contains SCA code examples to create workload-balanced client connections to a WebSphere MQ queue manager cluster configured as an MQ hub – the "flexible and scalable topology pattern" described in Part 1.
Articles 12 Mar 2014
Installing and configuring IBM Business Process Manager Advanced V8.5
See a short demo on a typical installation and configuration of IBM® BPM V8.5.
Demos 03 Mar 2014
Digital media processing in the cloud using IBM Business Process Manager
The purpose of this article is to describe some of the challenges inherent in building a cloud-based digital media processing factory, and how those challenges can be addressed using IBM Business Process Manager and related products.
Articles 26 Feb 2014
Teams in Business Process Manager V8.5, Part 1: Modeling teams with IBM Process Designer
This article is the first in a series on the new team support that was introduced in IBM Business Process Manager V8.5. It introduces the new team concepts. It describes the differences between static teams and dynamic teams and how to model them. It then goes on to describe how to assign teams to activities and how to leverage the task context for the runtime task assignment.
Articles 19 Feb 2014
Teams in Business Process Manager V8.5, Part 3: Managing teams
Part 3 of this series describes how to manage teams at runtime. It shows how to use the administrative tools provided as part of IBM Business Process Manager V8.5 and it demonstrates how to implement services that perform automated team administration. For the modeling aspects of teams or how to build dynamic teams, see the previous articles in this series.
Articles 19 Feb 2014
Teams in Business Process Manager V8.5, Part 2: Developing services for dynamic team resolution
Part 2 of this series provides insight into developing dynamic teams to get the most out of the new team functionality. The Team concept has been explained in the first article in this series. In this article, we get practical with dynamic teams. We introduce team retrieval and team filter services and we provide simple and advanced examples, including a sample implementation that shows how to use services to apply substitution and ensure separation of duties.
Articles 19 Feb 2014
The WebSphere Contrarian: Options for accelerating application deployment
Looking for ways to speed up application deployment in IBM WebSphere Application Server? In this installment, The WebSphere Contrarian outlines how applications are deployed and offers options for accelerating the deployment process.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 07 Feb 2014
IBM Entrepreneur Week
IBM Entrepreneur Week is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for you to meet, interact, and connect with entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, industry leaders, and academics from around the world. If you're a startup or entrepreneur, join us onlne for our inaugural IBM Entrepreneur Week, 3-7 Feb 2014. There will be events taking place online and in locations worldwide, including face-to-face and virtual mentoring sessions, a women entrepreneur-focused event, and a LiveStream broadcast of the SmartCamp Global Finals in San Francisco.
Articles 15 Jan 2014
Migrating from WebSphere Lombardi to IBM Business Process Manager
This article describes the steps to migrate a WebSphere Lombardi Edition V7.2 (Lombardi) installation that has process applications deployed to IBM Business Process Manager V8 Advanced (BPM). This article assumes the product migration is to occur on a Windows (or Linux) operating platform with all relevant prerequisites.
Articles 11 Dec 2013
Accessing SAP processes from IBM Business Process Manager using Enterprise Services
IBM Business Process Manager can simplify access to SAP processes by providing powerful tools to invoke SAP Enterprise Services in BPM process flows. This article demonstrates how to build a process flow to enable seamless and secure integration with SAP over the web services framework.
Also available in: Japanese  
Articles 11 Dec 2013
Integrating RESTful web services into a business application in IBM Business Process Manager
Today, RESTful web services are widely adopted as an alternative to WSDL-based web services, so the need to integrate with external systems through their REST APIs is increasing. The purpose of this article is to provide a hands-on example of building a business process application that integrates an external REST service using SCA HTTP binding. By using the built-in SCA components, you can quickly implement a solution with no custom coding.
Articles 11 Dec 2013
Integrating IBM's Intelligent Operation Center with Business Process Manager
This article describes how integrating IBM Intelligent Operations Center (IOC) with IBM Business Process Manager (BPM) can help organizations manage long-term responses to serious incidents. You'll learn how to do the simple configurations necessary to enable sending a triggering event from IOC to BPM and returning information from BPM to IOC.
Articles 04 Dec 2013
Integrating BPM and Enterprise Content Management
IBM Business Process Manager V8.5 enables seamless integration with Enterprise Content Management (ECM) systems by providing an embedded CMIS-compliant (Content Management Interoperability Services) internal document store known as the BPM document store, which addresses the business requirement to include the management of related physical documents in the scope of a business process. In this article you will see how to achieve a content-driven integration scenario using the new document store feature.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 04 Dec 2013
Designing the IBM Operational Decision Manager repository to share vocabularies and rules among rulesets
The design of initial business rule management system (BRMS) projects should take into account the future expansion of business rules technology in an organization in order to facilitate vocabulary sharing and rules governance. This article proposes a three-layered approach to rules project design that is simple, standardized, systematic, and adaptable to the business context.
Articles 04 Dec 2013
From spreadsheets to IBM Business Monitor dashboards in under an hour, Part 3: Alerts, real-time updates, and editing the generated model
Learn how to define alerts for when a specified situation occurs, watch the IBM Business Monitor dashboards update in real time as you feed in further sample data, and learn how to edit the monitor model produced by the CSV tool in Eclipse.
Also available in: Chinese   Russian  
Articles 04 Dec 2013
From spreadsheets to IBM Business Monitor dashboards in under an hour, Part 2: Customizing a dashboard created by the CSV tool
Learn how to customize all parts of the IBM Business Monitor dashboards produced by the CSV tool. Customizations include sorting and formatting, adding and configuring widgets, changing display types, and advanced Cognos report editing. Make your dashboard look just the way your users want in a matter of minutes.
Also available in: Chinese   Russian  
Articles 04 Dec 2013
From spreadsheets to IBM Business Monitor dashboards in under an hour, Part 1: Using the free CSV tool to create a dashboard
In Part 1 of this series, you'll learn how to create custom IBM Business Monitor dashboards in under an hour. Using only a spreadsheet tool, such as Microsoft Excel, you can define the metrics, KPIs, and reports you desire, and fill in sample data that you want to see in a dashboard. Then learn how to customize that dashboard to more closely meet the visual requirements of your business users.
Also available in: Chinese   Russian  
Articles 04 Dec 2013
Troubleshooting IBM Business Process Manager
Troubleshooting BPM issues can be complex without the correct tools and techniques. This article describes a set of tools and techniques suggested by the IBM BPM SWAT and Support team to help you with problem determination for IBM Business Process Manager.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 04 Dec 2013
Modeling business rules with IBM Operational Decision Management
This article describes three models that are necessary in order to implement a successful IBM Operational Decision Management (ODM) business rule project -- the domain conceptual and logical model, the executable object model (XOM), and the business object model (BOM) -- and the roles they play in developing an IBM ODM business rule solution. It describes the IBM tooling and the analysis process used to create the models and includes examples.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 04 Dec 2013
Governance in the age of APIs and social interactions
In the age of business APIs and social interactions, governance is no longer primarily about compliance. Today, governance has to address the far more important challenge of empowering the organization to drive business growth - making sure that the right people make the right decisions, at the right time, for the right reasons, and based on the right information. Meeting that challenge, strategically as well as operationally, will require a change in not only governance processes but also the roles and skills that define and enable those processes. In this column, I describe the necessary changes and outline how to create an easy to understand and easy to appreciate modern governance scheme.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 21 Nov 2013
Migrating Oracle WebLogic Integration applications to IBM Business Process Manager Advanced, Part 3: Migrating WLI controls
Part 1 of this series described the tools and techniques that have been successfully used to migrate Oracle WebLogic Integration (WLI) business processes and associated artifacts to IBM BPM. Part 2 described how to migrate the common data formats and APIs that are used to write business logic in an Oracle WLI business process. Part 3 describes the options available to migrate WLI controls to run on IBM BPM.
Also available in: Russian  
Articles 15 Nov 2013
Using the MDM Application Toolkit to build MDM-centric business processes, Part 2: Performing CRUD operations against MDM using the Application Toolkit
This is the second in a series of articles that describe how to create process applications for master data by using IBM Business Process Manager (BPM). Specifically, this series refers to the InfoSphere Master Data Management (MDM) Application Toolkit and IBM BPM 8.0.1, both of which are provided with InfoSphere MDM 11.0. This article focuses on extending the Hello World scenario to perform a full set of create, retrieve, update, and delete (CRUD) operations against an MDM operational server. The article shows you how to create human services quickly and simply within BPM to drive operations on the MDM server. I start by constructing a create process, and then proceed with update, delete, and retrieve. This article focuses on the speed and simplicity with which you can create CRUD business processes using the MDM Application Toolkit. While more advanced interactions are possible, they are deferred for later articles in the series.
Articles 24 Oct 2013
Developing a distributed WS-AT transaction using an IBM BPM Advanced Integration Service, Part 4: Implementing the Advanced Integration Service
Leveraging the capabilities of the Advanced Integration Services (AIS) in IBM Business Process Manager V8.0.1 Advanced, this series describes the implementation of a distributed WS-AT scenario involving two databases (Microsoft SQL Server and IBM DB2) installed on two different machines and accessed via two web services. The implementation illustrates the automatic rollback capabilities offered by the SCA-based management in an AIS in collaboration with the WS-AT protocol. In Part 4, you'll learn how to implement the AIS for the transaction.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 15 Oct 2013
Developing a distributed WS-AT transaction using an IBM BPM Advanced Integration Service, Part 5: Execution cases
Leveraging the capabilities of the Advanced Integration Services (AIS) in IBM Business Process Manager V8.0.1 Advanced, this series describes the implementation of a distributed WS-AT scenario involving two databases (Microsoft SQL Server and IBM DB2) installed on two different machines and accessed via two web services. The implementation illustrates the automatic rollback capabilities offered by the SCA-based management in an AIS in collaboration with the WS-AT protocol. In the final article in this series, you'll learn how to execute and test different transactional scenarios with the components designed and developed in the previous parts of the series.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 15 Oct 2013
Using the MDM Application Toolkit to build MDM centric business processes, Part 1: Integrate BPM with MDM
This is the first article in a series that describes how to integrate IBM Business Process Manager (BPM) and master data. Specifically, this series refers to BPM 8.0.1 and the InfoSphere Master Data Management (MDM) Application Toolkit, both of which are provided with MDM 11.0. This article describes a Hello World scenario that shows you how to use the application toolkit to search for and retrieve data from MDM. This data is then displayed on a BPM Coach.
Articles 03 Oct 2013
Developing a distributed WS-AT transaction using an IBM BPM Advanced Integration Service, Part 3: Defining the business process
Leveraging the capabilities of the Advanced Integration Services (AIS) in IBM Business Process Manager V8.0.1 Advanced, this series describes the implementation of a distributed WS-AT scenario involving two databases (Microsoft SQL Server and IBM DB2) installed on two different machines and accessed via two web services. The implementation illustrates the automatic rollback capabilities offered by the SCA-based management in an AIS in collaboration with the WS-AT protocol. In Part 3, you'll learn how to design and implement the business process using the BPMN notation in Process Designer.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 25 Sep 2013
Developing a distributed WS-AT transaction using an IBM BPM Advanced Integration Service, Part 2: Configuring the transaction support
Leveraging the capabilities of the Advanced Integration Services (AIS) in IBM Business Process Manager V8.0.1 Advanced, this series describes the implementation of a distributed WS-AT scenario involving two databases (Microsoft SQL Server and IBM DB2) installed on two different machines and accessed via two web services. The implementation illustrates the automatic rollback capabilities offered by the SCA-based management in an AIS in collaboration with the WS-AT protocol. In Part 2, you'll configure the transactional support and implement the two transactional web services for the Credit and Charge operations in the example scenario, one in .NET and the other in JEE.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 18 Sep 2013
BPM lifecycle for ARIS models in IBM Business Process Manager V8.0, Part 1: Importing ARIS models into IBM Process Designer
This two-part article series focuses on a practical approach for a standard-based, cross-tooling, and cross-vendor business process management lifecycle that implements ARIS Event-driven Process Chains models in the IBM Business Process Manager suite, as they were created within its own repository. Part 1 describes two ways of importing process models from ARIS into IBM Process Designer via a standard BPMN2.0 import as as well as in the ARIS XML format. Part 2 shows how to merge a newly imported ARIS model version with the already extended and executed process in Process Designer.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 01 Sep 2013
BPM Voices: Organize your rule projects for flexible rule validation
A well-designed rule project organization is essential to allow distributed rule authoring and facilitate rules sharing. In this column, I'll show that project organization is also key to supporting complex rule testing activities using IBM Operational Decision Manager Decision Validation Services (DVS). Besides presenting how to address testing on abstract and complex Java structures, the column also broadens the perspective on DVS use, showing for example how to alleviate problems such as testing BOM code and reducing the impact of BOM change on test scenarios.
Articles 28 Aug 2013
Enable WS-Security and Transport Layer Security in IBM Business Process Manager Standard
Learn how you can leverage WS-Security and Transport Layer Security (TLS) when working with outbound integrations using the web services integration component in IBM BPM Standard.
Articles 28 Aug 2013
Developing a distributed WS-AT transaction using an IBM BPM Advanced Integration Service, Part 1: Introduction and setting up the databases
Leveraging the capabilities of the Advanced Integration Services (AIS) in IBM Business Process Manager V8.0.1 Advanced, this series describes the implementation of a distributed Web Services Atomic Transaction (WS-AT) scenario that involves two different databases (Microsoft SQL Server and IBM DB2) installed on two different machines and accessed via two web services: one implemented in .NET and another implemented in JEE. The implementation illustrates the automatic rollback capabilities offered by the SCA-based management in an AIS in collaboration with the WS-AT protocol.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 28 Aug 2013
Faster disaster recovery in IBM Business Process Manager
This article describes an infrastructure topology for IBM Business Process Manager that includes elements that reside in distinct data centers that may be geographically separated from each other. Such a topology can be useful in achieving disaster recovery objectives in certain circumstances, especially when recovery times faster those offered by traditional approaches are desired. Additionally, the strategy described in this paper uses Oracle's Data Base File System (DBFS) to enable the database manager to control replication of the WebSphere transaction and compensation logs, as well as traditional IBM BPM database content
Articles 28 Aug 2013
BPM Voices: BPM and Lean -- a powerful combination for process improvement
This article describes how to achieve quick wins for process improvement by combining Lean methodologies with the capabilities of IBM Business Process Manager (IBM BPM). It provides an introduction to the key principles and benefits of lean process improvement, followed by an approach showing how Lean benefits from IBM BPM to provide key business value with limited effort.
Also available in: Portuguese  
Articles 28 Aug 2013
Create and execute business rules in IBM Integration Bus
The new business rules feature in IBM Integration Bus V9 (formerly known as WebSphere Message Broker) enables you to create business rules that are executed in the integration server. This article describes the business rule integration, demonstrates how to use it, and answers some frequently asked questions.
Articles 28 Aug 2013
Create a mobile BPM application by integrating IBM Worklight and IBM Business Process Manager
Learn how you can integrate IBM Worklight and IBM Business Process Manager V8.0.1 Standard (IBM BPM) by leveraging the IBM BPM REST APIs. By combining the powerful development environment of IBM Worklight with the simplicity of the IBM BPM REST APIs, BPM developers can quickly deliver mobile applications to their BPM users.
Also available in: Portuguese  
Articles 28 Aug 2013
Leveraging reference data for business rule authoring in IBM Operational Decision Manager using an XML dynamic domain
Business and other reference data often used in business rule authoring can reside in different sources and formats such as database tables, Excel files, CSV, XML and other text documents. Learn how you can create and deploy a dynamic domain plug-in to leverage existing business data represented as XML for rule authoring. You can associated a Business Object Model (BOM) class with the new XML dynamic domain. The XML dynamic domain allows any XML data stream that conforms to the XML dynamic domain schema to be used as a source of data for the dynamic domain.
Articles 28 Aug 2013
Migrating Oracle WebLogic Integration applications to IBM Business Process Manager Advanced, Part 2: Data transformations
Part 1 of this series described the tools and techniques that have been successfully used to migrate WLI business processes and associated artifacts to IBM BPM. Part 2 describes how to convert the different types and APIs that are used to write business logic in WLI flows into the types and APIs that can be used by that same business logic running on the IBM BPM platform.
Also available in: Russian  
Articles 14 Aug 2013
Monitoring business processes: How your topology influences your monitoring approach
IBM Business Process Manager and IBM Business Monitor can work in concert to provide superior visibility and process performance insight. Choosing the appropriate deployment topology is an important step in any project that involves combining these products. Different topological choices may influence the development and deployment process of the application artifacts created for IBM BPM and IBM Business Monitor. This article describes the topological options that are available, their trade-offs, and how you need to plan for development and deployment depending on the topology you adopt.
Articles 07 Aug 2013
Securely integrate an LDAP user registry with IBM Business Process Manager
IBM Business Process Manager includes an internal security provider for user access management. However, you may want to leverage an existing user registry, such as an enterprise user directory in LDAP, instead of recreating and maintaining the users and groups in the BPM internal user service. In addition, you may need to secure the communication between IBM BPM and the LDAP server to protect personal information. This article describes how to do both.
Articles 07 Aug 2013
Using the new features of IBM Business Process Manager V8.5 dashboards for for better views of your business processes
This article describes new functionality in the newly announced IBM Business Process Manager V8.5. The new version includes improvements to the Process Portal dashboards that enable users to get a clearer picture of their business processes.
Also available in: Chinese   Vietnamese  
Articles 19 Jun 2013
Migrating Oracle WebLogic Integration applications to IBM Business Process Manager Advanced, Part 1: Introduction
This is the first in a four-part series on migrating applications from Oracle WebLogic Integration (WLI) to IBM Business Process Manager (BPM). Part 1 describes the tools and techniques that have been successfully used to migrate WLI business processes and associated artifacts to BPM.
Also available in: Russian  
Articles 28 May 2013
Installing and configuring an IBM Operational Decision Management golden topology
Learn how to choose and configure deployment topologies for IBM Operational Decision Management (IBM ODM) in distributed environments. This article explains the essential concepts needed to understand highly available and scalable WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment environments, then introduces the IBM ODM server components and explains the characteristics or constraints of those components that affect deployment decisions.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 22 May 2013
Migrating process instances in IBM Business Process Manager V8
When upgrading process applications which have long-running processes, the impact and how to manage old versions of the process that are already started. This article looks at the migration options available in IBM Business Process Manager V8, and specifically focuses on the in-flight migration option. It also describes what to do when a running process is migrated and steps are left dangling or "orphaned."
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 22 May 2013
Case study: Invoice processing with IBM Business Process Manager, Part 2: System integration
This two-part series provides a case study of a real world IBM Business Process Manager V8.0.1 invoice processing solution, using web services and Java integration to automate a process spanning multiple vendors and operational systems. Part 2 focuses on the Java and web service integration, and user interface and image manipulation techniques involved in the solution.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 22 May 2013
Get more value out of your business process by adopting a holistic perspective on business modeling
This article presents a multi-dimensional approach to developing of an organic business process architecture. It covers the scoping of a modeling initiative as well as techniques for business decomposition and process definition. It goes beyond the basic concepts of hierarchical process decomposition and shows how analyzing processes in terms of a key set of business dimensions including ownership, value and information improves process standardisation and lowers the level of complexity across business operations. It is aimed at business leaders, architects and analysts engaged in BPMS initiatives.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 22 May 2013
Implementing advanced rule governance in IBM Operational Decision Management
This article introduces an IBM ODM governance framework for advanced governance solutions. It proposes a flexible alternative to the usual rule governance implementation based on configurable Java business logic, as illustrated by the rule governance product sample. We show that using rules rather than Java to govern the change process improves the power and agility of advanced governance within ODM.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 22 May 2013
Approaching continuous availability in WebSphere Process Server V7
This article provides background, insights, and a pragmatic set of techniques for installing application updates and product fix packs in WebSphere Process Server V7.0 environments where continuous availability is desired.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 22 May 2013
Integrating a business process application in IBM Business Process Manager V7.5.1 and V8 with an external system using the REST API
This article discusses integrating activities with an external system using the REST API. IBM Business Process Manager V7.5.1 and V8 support all the functionality provided by the unsupported REST API available with WebSphere Lombardi Edition V7.2.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 01 May 2013
Automating your business process application test cases using Java in IBM Business Process Manager
Using the REST API provided by IBM Business Process Manager, you can start the execution of a business process and drive it all the way to completion. In this article, you'll use this capability along with the Java REST client API asset to write automated test cases in Java using JUnit and DBUnit.
Also available in: Russian  
Articles 01 May 2013
Developing a transactional Advanced Integration Service with IBM Business Process Manager, Part 4: Execution cases
In the final article in this series, you'll learn how to execute and test different transactional scenarios with the components designed and developed in the previous parts of this series, and will learn about the ACID (Atomicity, Consistency, Isolation, Durability) characteristics of the implemented solution.
Articles 03 Apr 2013
Designing and implementing a custom inbox and My Team Performance task list with IBM Business Process Manager V8
This article describes an approach to create a custom inbox and My Team Performance task list in IBM Business Process Manager V8. You can use the implementation described in this article to perform additional inbox and task list customizations.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 27 Mar 2013
Deploying IBM Business Process Manager packages to offline process servers
In IBM Business Process Manager, the Process Center is used to deploy process application snapshots to connected process servers. However, there may be times when you need to deploy a process application to a process server that is started, but is not connected to a Process Center. In this case, you'll need to create packages from the Process Center to deploy the snapshots. This article describes how to create deployment packages from snapshots, and how to deploy them to a process server.
Articles 27 Mar 2013
Developing a transactional Advanced Integration Service with IBM Business Process Manager, Part 3: Implementing the Advanced Integration Service
Leveraging the capabilities of the Advanced Integration Services (AIS) in IBM Business Process Manager V8 Advanced, this series describes how to implement a distributed ACID transactional scenario in IBM Business Process Manager that includes two databases on different machines. The scenario shows the automatic rollback capabilities offered by the SCA-based management in an AIS. Part 3 describes how to implement the AIS for the transaction.
Articles 27 Mar 2013
Deploying an IBM Operational Decision Manager cloud pattern on IBM PureApplication System
In this article, you'll learn how to use IBM PureApplication System to deploy a clustered IBM Operational Decision Manager V8 environment in a matter of hours, using ODM patterns complete with all the functionality and security features of ODM. You can then connect this ODM cloud environment to other existing on-premise software components.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 20 Mar 2013
Using Oracle Database File System for disaster recovery on IBM Business Process Manager
Because business process management plays a very important role in an enterprise architecture, it's critical to make sure that BPM is an integral part of any enterprise disaster recovery plan. This article introduces a disaster recovery strategy for customers who are using Oracle Data Guard for disaster recovery on existing systems and want to extend it to include IBM Business Process Manager.
Articles 20 Mar 2013
Developing a transactional Advanced Integration Service with IBM Business Process Manager, Part 2: Defining the business process
Leveraging the capabilities of the Advanced Integration Services (AIS) in IBM Business Process Manager V8 Advanced, this series describes how to implement a distributed ACID transactional scenario in IBM Business Process Manager that includes two databases on different machines. The scenario shows the automatic rollback capabilities offered by the SCA-based management in an AIS. Part 2 of the series describes how the business process is designed and implemented using the BPMN notation in Process Designer.
Articles 13 Mar 2013
Developing a transactional Advanced Integration Service with IBM Business Process Manager, Part 1: Introduction and setting up the databases
Leveraging the capabilities of the Advanced Integration Services (AIS) in IBM Business Process Manager V8 Advanced, this series describes how to implement a distributed ACID transactional scenario in IBM Business Process Manager that includes two databases on different machines. The scenario shows the automatic rollback capabilities offered by the SCA-based management in an AIS.
Articles 06 Mar 2013
Using WebSphere Adapters with IBM Business Process Manager to communicate with external systems
In this article, you'll learn how IBM Business Process Manager uses WebSphere Adapters to connect to external systems, and how data flows between external systems and the human tasks of IBM BPM. Using these capabilities, you'll see how you can integrate your BPM applications with existing systems.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 06 Mar 2013
Case study: Invoice processing with IBM Business Process Manager, Part 1: The business context and process model
This two-part article provides a case study of a real-world IBM Business Process Manager V8.0.1 invoice processing solution, using web services and Java integration to automate a process spanning multiple vendors and operational systems. Part 1 describes the business problem and the process and associated data structures used in the solution.
Articles 28 Feb 2013
Implementing a negotiation process in IBM Business Process Manager using web services
Learn how to use the undercover agent (UCA), handlers and web services in IBM Business Process Manager to implement a negotiation process with an external system. The BPM process will expose a web service that will be invoked by another system. The negotiation continues until an approval or rejection occurs.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 13 Feb 2013
BPM Voices: Evaluating BPM applications: BPM design reviews and Rubik's Cubes
In this column, I'll focus on the objectives of performing BPM design reviews, the key preparation steps for an effective review, and an overview of the key dimensions to assess as part of a BPM solution. I'll introduce the basic covenants for how a BPM design review should be conducted and offer some suggestions on where clients should focus in the process. In addition, we'll take a direct look at the IBM BPM playback methodology, because I believe the convergence of a design review strategy with IBM's playback approach is related to developing optimized BPM solutions. So how does all this relate to Rubik's Cubes? Read on...
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 13 Feb 2013
BPM Voices: Insight at the edge
In the world of mobile, cloud and APIs, how do you assert control at the edge of the enterprise, the boundary between the unpredictable external environment and the internal managed systems? And, perhaps even more importantly, how do you gain insight into customer behavior and preferences so that you can advance the customer relationship with every action you take? Resolving such questions is dependent on "insight at the edge" - the idea that by applying service-oriented principles to interactions between external systems of engagement and internal systems of record, you not only protect against undesired external influences, but can tap into the stream of consciousness that already flows through the business.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 13 Feb 2013
Configuring IBM Business Process Management Human Task Management widgets for use in WebSphere Portal
The Human Task Management widgets in IBM Business Process Manager V7.5 are designed to run in a Business Space environment, but they can also be run in IBM WebSphere Portal V7. This article describes how to install, configure, and customize these widgets in a Portal environment.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 13 Feb 2013
How to secure a hosted transparent decision service in IBM Operational Decision Management
This article explores one of the techniques you can use to secure a hosted transparent decision service in IBM Operational Decision Manager. Authentication and authorization are often required in a production environment. You'll learn how to configure a hosted transparent decision service to connect to LDAP for authentication, as well as define additional code to validate whether the calling user ID is authorized to invoke the rule project.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 13 Feb 2013
Using dynamic domains for flexible rule authoring in WebSphere Operational Decision Management
Ensuring rule accuracy is an important part of rule development in WebSphere Operational Decision Management. This article demonstrates how a dynamic domain populated from a Microsoft Excel file can be used to reduce inaccuracies when authoring rules. Using domains also eliminates dependencies on IT support for code changes because business users can extend the set of values in the domain by simple edits to the spreadsheet in the Decision Center. Further, because adding a domain value does not result in changes to service contracts, redeployment of rule services is not necessary.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 13 Feb 2013
Strategies for managing reference data in a business rules application using IBM Operational Decision Manager
This article describes common strategies for reference data management in rule authoring and rule execution when using IBM Operational Decision Manager. It describes the advantages and disadvantages to each approach to help you determine the best approach to use for your business rule application.
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Articles 13 Feb 2013
Some tips for IBM Business Monitor modeling and versioning
This article describes new modeling features since IBM Business Monitor V7.5 and some best practices for a successful production monitoring environment.
Articles 30 Jan 2013
A practical approach to integrating JMS and IBM Business Process Manager
In this article, you'll learn how to implement a Java Message Service (JMS) initiated Undercover Agent (UCA) with IBM Business Process Manager V7.5 to enable sending of JMS messages directly to the Business Process Manager Event Manager without any custom configuration. This approach provides an elegant way to implement an asynchronous method of invoking a business process in Process Center.
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Articles 28 Jan 2013
Care process management: Using BPM tools and methodology in the healthcare environment
Historically, healthcare excellence has been achieved through individual practitioners focusing on being best in their medical discipline. The industry has evolved into a series of independent providers and processes, focusing on intervention. Focusing within each discipline does not provide consideration for the overall patient experience. Today, the healthcare industry is marked by its poor design, high fragmentation, and stunning inefficiency. Care Process Management (CPM) uses best practices for business process management to improve clinical outcomes without changing care processes or displacing the role of health workers.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 12 Dec 2012
Developing custom reports using the Coach Reporting Framework in IBM Business Process Manager
Learn how to use the TWList pattern, part of the Coach Reporting Framework, to create custom reports that query the application data for reporting purposes. We'll demonstrate the creation of two reports with drill-up and drill-down options configured using the custom toolkit.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 12 Dec 2012
Best practices for designing and implementing decision services, Part 2: Integrating IBM Business Process Manager and IBM Operational Decision Management
Part 1 of this series addressed some best practices for designing and implementing a decision service using IBM Business Process Manager Advanced and WebSphere Operational Decision Management. This article describes different out-of-the-box BPM and ODM integration capabilities and recommends an approach that provides better performance and flexibility for a long-term production solution.
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Articles 12 Dec 2012
Creating a Decision Server Events runtime in WebSphere Operational Decision Management V7.5, Part 2: Configuring a highly available and scalable environment
T>This two-part series describes how to create a Decision Server Events environment in WebSphere Operational Decision Management V7.5. Part 1 took you through the steps for building a standalone environment. Part 2 walks you through the steps for building a highly available and scalable environment.
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Articles 12 Dec 2012
Creating a Decision Server Events runtime in WebSphere Operational Decision Management V7.5, Part 1: Configuring a standalone environment
This two-part series describes how to create a Decision Server Events environment in WebSphere Operational Decision Management V7.5. Part 1 walks through the steps for building a standalone environment. Part 2 will go through the steps for building a highly available and scalable environment.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 12 Dec 2012
Integrating IBM Business Process Manager V8 with an Enterprise Content Management system
This article describes how to develop an application in IBM Business Process Manager V8 that handles documents stored in an Enterprise Content Management (ECM) system. It describes the steps to configure the connection to the ECM system and how to develop the user interface elements to present the content to end-users in a business process.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 12 Dec 2012
Deploying process applications in IBM Business Process Manager V8
A business process developer designs an application based on certain assumptions. The application can be developed using either one of the IBM Business Process Manager tools - IBM Integration Designer or Process Designer. When the application is ready, it can be deployed from either tool to Process Server. This tutorial describes the options for installing, deploying, and managing process applications. The process application life cycle includes installing, administering, and un-deploying versions of the application.
Articles 12 Dec 2012
Deploying a BPM pattern on IBM PureApplication System
In this article, you'll learn how to use IBM PureApplication System to deploy clustered IBM Business Process Manager V8 Advanced environments using BPM patterns with all the functionality and security features. You can connect this BPM cloud environment to other existing on-premise software components.
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Articles 12 Dec 2012
Configuring error handling for Advanced Integration Services in IBM Business Process Manager Advanced V8
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Articles 19 Oct 2012
Data4BPM, Part 3: Modeling processes with business entities using extended BPMN
The third part in this series explains how to use business entities (or business-significant data) with business processes to elegantly model complex, end-to-end business operations. A set of modeling patterns is extracted to catalog the interactions and relationships between business processes and business entities.
Articles 17 Oct 2012
Develop dynamic forms using WebSphere Operational Decision Management V7.5
In this article, you'll learn how to develop the Execution Object Model (XOM), Business Object Model (BOM), and rules for implementing dynamic forms in WebSphere Operational Decision Management V7.5. Using a simple web-based questionnaire as an example, the article demonstrates how to render the forms with Java Enterprise Edition (JEE) technology.
Also available in: Portuguese  
Articles 03 Oct 2012
Improving application performance in IBM Business Process Manager V7.5 by using DynaCache
This tutorial describes an easy and efficient caching mechanism based on DynaCache for IBM Business Process Manager V7.5. DynaCache enhances application performance and provides the flexibility to load or flush cache contents at runtime. For ease of understanding and simplicity, the tutorial depicts how to load data accessed that is frequently by the application into DynaCache via a properties file. For any subsequent read cycle, the data is fetched from DynaCache, thereby improving application performance.
Articles 03 Oct 2012

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